One approach to reducing traffic congestion, travel times and pollution is through Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Rather than continuing with the traditional approach of building more roads to relieve congestion, the goal of TDM is to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles especially during peak congestion periods through car/vanpooling, transit, walking, cycling and alternate work arrangements. Please note that in this section, TDM and smart commuting are used interchangeably.
The City of Burlington has had some measures in place to help achieve the goal of reducing single occupant vehicles for city staff commuting to and from work including flexible working schedules and a telecommuting policy. This goal was further emphasized between 2007 and 2010 when a corporate Transportation Demand Management Team was created under the Smart Commute Halton program which focussed specifically on downtown city employees. Strategies that were implemented include a carpool ridematch program, an emergency ride home program, sheltered bike lockers and wall racks, change room lockers at City Hall and a parking space exchange. A member of our staff was profiled on Environment Canada's website for commuting to work by bicycle and/or transit rather than a single occupant vehicle. To view her story, please click here.
In October 2011, Halton Regional council adopted the Transportation Master Plan to 2031 - The Road to Change. The purpose of the plan is to "develop a sustainable, integrated transportation master plan and associated strategies that consider all modes of travel (automobiles, transit, cycling, walking) to the year 2031."
In November 2011, the City of Burlington's current strategic plan, Burlington, Our Future was adopted by council. The following appears within this plan which further emphasizes the importance of smart commuting:
- Increase the number of people who cycle, walk and use public transit for recreation and transportation.
- Develop a common vision and coordinated plan to decrease reliance on vehicles
- Update the Transit Master Plan
- Promote walking and cycling-friendly neighbourhoods to ensure community safety and accessibility (link to a video promoting active transportation in Burlington)
In June 2012, work began on an Active Transportation Master Plan as recommended in the Regional Municipality of Halton's Transportation Master Plan to 2031 - The Road to Change. The Active Transportation Master Plan will define existing opportunities, consider and evaluate solutions, and identify an optimum active transportation system to 2031. A key outcome will include a list of active transportation projects that can be incorporated into the Region's 20-year Roads Capital Program. A public information centre (PIC) was held in each local municipality in June. For more information, please visit www.halton.ca/ActiveTransportation.
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